M-FORCE19 NORTH AMERICA - SPEAKERS


Josh Cohen

Joshua Cohen leverages his years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and adviser to give large organizations the tools and know how they need to move and act with speed, agility, and creativity.
Joshua has deep roots in technology-intensive sectors, having founded and built startups in both Europe and the U.S., including Germany-based iPharro, a spinoff of Germany’s world-renowned Fraunhofer Organization, and NYC-based Ganxy. He is the former co-head of US investments for SevenVentures, the venture capital division of one of Germany’s largest media companies. He worked as part of the core team at Citibank's D10X program, helping Citibank create and roll out an unprecedented number of new startups within the organization.
Through many years of international work and living, he’s developed a deep global network and continues to advise startups and companies all over the world. A fluent German speaker, he is responsible for all of GIANT’s European practices. He serves as an adjunct professor at the European School of Management and Technology where he teaches entrepreneurship. Joshua is a graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and additional studies at the University of Cologne.


Jeremy D. Glaser

In his current position as Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Jeremy regularly represents technology-based companies principally in the life sciences, software, mobile applications, and clean energy fields. Jeremy is also a key contributor to MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company.
Jeremy has over three decades of experience guiding life sciences and technology companies in their growth and financing strategies. He routinely assists his clients in public offerings, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance. His experiences as an executive at a technology company and an investment fund facilitates his ability to provide practical business as well as legal advice.
Jeremy is also a member of the board of directors of the USS Midway Museum.
Jeremy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.


Tejune Kang

Mr. Kang is an American technology executive with more than 25 years of experience leading global enterprise technology application implementations.
An innovative technology entrepreneur born in Silicon Valley, California, he is instrumental to the growth of Atypical Digital. Mr. Kang was a senior strategy engineer for 5 years with PeopleSoft (now Oracle Corporation), a multinational and multibillion dollar technology company. Mr. Kang managed some of the most complex Human Resources, Financial, Supply Chain, and Enterprise Performance Management software implementations for Fortune 500 companies including Boeing, Apple, AT&T, HP and many others.
Mr. Kang’s multi-faceted entrepreneurial background and opinion leadership has led to frequent interviews regarding the future of technology, business growth, and hiring insight with many publications.
Mr. Kang has also graduated from the Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Owner President/Management Program (OPM 50) Class of 2017, is a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of Manhattan New York Chapter, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Key Executive Program and Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, graduated in June of 2017. Mr. Kang graduated from The University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics.
Mr. Kang is involved in the latest technology including Internet of Things (IOT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (AR), and has been involved in the beginning of cryptocurrency since 2011. His experience includes extensive blockchain technology and bitcoin.


Maureen Loftus

Management executive with demonstrated experience leading successful start-up, high-growth and turnaround companies in the bio-tech, high-tech and financial services industries. Capitalize on innovative new products, market expansion and strategic alliances to drive revenue growth. Redesign and automate operational processes to scale operations and increase margins. Strong general and P&L management. Significant marketing and business development experience. Interested in small to medium sized bio-tech, high-tech or financial services companies, particularly those in high-growth or turn around situations.
Specialties: Profit & Loss, Strategic Planning, Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Alliances, New Business Development, Finance & Budgeting, Margin Improvement, Customer Service/Client Relations, Contract Management, Project/Program Management, Process Improvement/Reengineering, Organization Design & Development


Frank Nijsten

Frank has 23 years of experience in the IT sector built up by working in (global) multinationals like Vodafone, Siemens and Philips. Currently, he works as an Integral Project Manager at Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care.
At Philips, global leader in the Sleep and Respiratory markets and passionate about providing solutions that lead to healthier patients, healthier practices, and healthier businesses, Frank is responsible for managing projects in the Sleep Therapy and Sleep Diagnostics. For over 40 years, Philips specialized in sleep and respiratory solutions that empowers patients to take control of their therapy, giving them the freedom to live a fulfilling life by restoring their ability to sleep and breathe naturally.
Prior to joining Philips Sleep and Respiratory care, Frank worked in Philips Healthcare, Philips Lighting and Philips Consumer Electronics here he as internal expert in Digital Innovation and IoT, was managing complex software-, cloud – and app development projects.


Gregory North

Globe North Founder and President Gregory North is a recognized thought leader in enterprise and digital transformation with over twenty-five years of experience leading business transformation. Engaging with industry leaders around the world, Gregory is helping to shape best practice in digital strategy, intelligent automation, and the emerging digital workforce and has led design and deployment of automation capability including RPA in global businesses. Prior to launching Globe North, Gregory was Chief Process Officer for Xerox Services. Over his career, he has led Business Transformation in Business Services, Financial Services and Advanced Manufacturing. Gregory serves as Principal Advisor on Digital Transformation to the Outsourcing Institute and the Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRPA/AI) and is an Avasant Distinguished Fellow.


Greg Pelton

Greg joined Pryon in early 2019 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s Augmented Intelligence product portfolio. Greg comes to Pryon from Avaya, where he was Vice President, Collaboration and Devices, and managed a portfolio of voice and video endpoints, soft clients, and collaboration services. His global product management and engineering team delivered $400M of product revenue and shipped 3 million phones annually.
Prior to joining Avaya, Greg was CTO and Vice President, Infrastructure Engineering for Polycom. At Polycom, he led the corporate innovation function, was responsible for core audio and video technologies, as well as all video conferencing infrastructure products. Before Polycom, Greg spent time as CTO of Avaya’s Federal Government business unit and held senior positions at Cisco Systems, leading the company into new markets like IP telephony, wireless, mobility, datacenter, IP television, and satellite networks.
Greg holds 39 patents and has worked extensively with organizations promoting innovation and venture-backed technology companies. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.


Magnus Penker

Magnus Penker is an internationally-renowned though leader on innovation, artificial intelligence, digitization, and business transformation. He is a speaker in prestigious global forums and events, such as – The Global Peter Drucker Forum, top ranked international business and design schools, a variety of associations and some of the world’s largest companies. Mr. Penker is currently writing a 5 Volume Series on Business Innovation titled The Complete Guide to Business Innovation and is contributing as an editor at the International Journal of Innovation Science.
As a result of these achievements he has been honored with the Business Worldwide Magazine award as the ‘Most Innovative CEO Sweden 2016’ and appointed as a Global Top 100 CEO by CEO Monthly year 2018. Additionally, he has launched 10 start-ups as well as acquired, turned around, and sold 30 SMEs all over Europe.